‘Armed Police' , (2006), oil on linen, 140 x 100 cm.2006
This painting depicts a tree-lined residential avenue in Esher (Surrey) with an armed policeman in the centre spanning the canvas from top to bottom. The presence of such authority figures is now commonplace in London and in British airports due to the threats posed by terrorists and armed criminals. (In my youth the use of guns by the police was extremely rare and bobbies on the beat were without firearms.) Furthermore, images of armed police constantly appear in the press and on television. Armed police now guard the realm and their existence may reassure the majority but since they have killed and injured innocent people, their appearance is also sinister and disturbing.
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